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X JAPAN Virtual Shock 001

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X Japan Virtual Shock Title Screen
Hardware: Saturn
10/20/1995 (Japan)
If you're reading this article, there's a good chance that you already know who X Japan is. But if you don't, they're possibly the most internationally popular Japanese rock band. Though they weren't signed to CBS Sony records until 1989, they'd already built a name for themselves on the indie scene long before. And they took the world of rock music by storm in Japan by basing their sound around power/speed metal, with a lot of symphonic influence (from Yoshiki's classical music background, no doubt) that would follow later as they turned into more of a prog metal band. The lineup at the time of this release was Toshi (Vocals), Yoshiki (Drums and Piano), hide (Guitar), Pata (Guitar), and Heath (Bass). Not only was their sound different, but their look as well. Like most successful visual kei bands, they'd eventually switch things up to a more standard rock band look. But they were one of the pioneers of the visual kei movement for much of their earlier career. This made them stand out quite a bit before visual kei really took hold, so their fans (who often mimicked their style) naturally stood out too. To help them feel better about this and thank them for their support, vocalist Toshi would often shout "mune hare!" ("Be proud!") repeatedly to the crowd at the end of their early gigs. Continue Reading

Rieko Kodama GDC Pioneer Award Interview

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Rieko Kodama
The world's biggest game developer conference, GDC (Game Developers Conference), was held in San Francisco recently. And at the GDC Awards, Rieko Kodama of Sega Games was chosen to receive the Pioneer Award, for accomplishments that drove the game industry forward. Famitsu.com held an interview with her to commemorate this occasion. Since joining Sega Enterprises in 1984, her career has consisted of being a graphic designer, director, and producer. She's also shown her abilities across many game development projects. We spoke to her regarding her feelings about and the many notable happenings along the way of the journey that she began on with the creation of Sega's home consoles, and continues on still today.

Reiko Kodama

Born in Kanagawa Prefecture, blood type A. She joined Sega Enterprises in 1984, and worked on Champion Boxing and Alex Kidd in Miracle World as a graphic designer. She also did the character designs for the original Phantasy Star, and continues to be heavily involved in the series moving forward. From there she moved on to director and producer roles, leading the way on hit RPG titles such as Magic Knight Rayearth, Skies of Arcadia, and the 7th Dragon series. She's currently working on the Sega Ages series as both a producer and director.

The Reason She Chose Sega is That She Wanted to Create Things

Congratulations on receiving the GDC Pioneer Award. First of all, please tell us how you felt when you heard about it. Continue Reading

A Witness to the Dreamcast’s History, From Rise To Fall

Masanao Maeda (Marza Animation Planet Executive Producer)

Masano Maeda 1He was involved with the Dreamcast at Sega, and served as the COO of Sega of America. He currently works at a CG animation studio affiliated with the Sega Sammy Group called Marza Animation Planet. The Dreamcast was known by many for using a large amount of money on promotions, such as the commercial featuring Managing Director Yukawa. It seemed like smooth sailing at first, but it was affected by problems with the graphics chip and supply shortages. Sega tried for a comeback with a large price drop, but they ended up having to cease sales a mere two years after its release. We ask Masanao Maeda, formerly of Sega, about what happened in that short time.

Achieving Big Success Through Advertising Strategy Ended Up Being a Big Pitfall Before Launch!?

What did you feel that the mood was like at Sega when the Dreamcast launched? Continue Reading

Interview with Hiroshi Fujioka for Shenmue I & II

Hiroshi Fujioka talks about his memories of playing stern father Iwao Hazuki in Shenmue, then sends a message out to young players! Play Shenmue I & II!

Hiroshi FujiokaShenmue I & II was released on the PlayStation 4 on 11/22/2018 in Japan. To commemorate this event, we talked with actor and martial artist Hiroshi Fujioka, who played Iwao Hazuki in the original game. He told us about his memories from back then, as well the passionate feelings that he put into playing Iwao. (Interviewer) Please tell us your thoughts on Shenmue. (Fujioka) Boy, Shenmue huh? That really brings back memories. It was a very astonishing game for the time, so being a part of it was a lot of fun for me. When I heard about the details of the game, it struck me as a story that crossed borders since it was on such a grand scale. Continue Reading

M2, The Company Where The Desire To Resurrect The Mega Drive Burns Bright

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M2 is a company that ports and reissues hit games of years past, a very trusted company within the industry. As a company, they've been involved with many Sega titles, and have a long history with the Mega Drive. We ask Naoki Horii, president of M2, about the allure behind Mega Drive titles, and his dedication to re-releasing them!

Naoki Horii (President of M2)

M2 energetically works on porting the Sega Ages series, and more. They're also developing the 3DS game The Legend of Dark Witch 3: Wisdom and Lunacy, and other new titles.

Not Overlooking Even The Smallest Differences! Striving For "The Ultimate Counterfeit"

First of all, would you please tell us about how you established M2? Continue Reading
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